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4 out of 5 eggs Nice Mini Tower with M.2 support, well spec'd for the price. 06/01/2016

This review is from: Dell OptiPlex 7040 Desktop Computer - Intel Core i7 - Mini-tower

Pros: Great specs for a prebuilt system. M.2 ssd support integrated onto motherboard. + (4) SATA ports = 5 Drives total. I was able to run video cards that require 1 PCIE 6 Pin power cable with adapter. Radeon 7790 / 260X works just fine.
Supports up to 64GB DDR4 2133Mhz Memory with latest BIOS update.

Cons: Dell's proprietary power supply form factory and connectors. SATA drives are powered through the motherboard. Non standard motherboard power supply connector prevents power supply upgrades.

Other Thoughts: Case is smaller than most for a mini tower. You can squeeze (2) 3.5" HDDs under the slim DVDRW if you are not using sleds.

The case is really meant for (1) Slim DVDRW, (1) 3.5" HDD, (2) 2.5" HDD's, (1) M.2.

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StarTech 4 Port PCI SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Adapter Card with SATA / SP4 Power Model PCIUSB3S4
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Twice as fast as built-in USB 2.0

Cons: Much slower than USB 3.0 standard - not cards fault, limitation of legacy PCI Bus on older computers.

Price for card seems high

Other Thoughts: This card is twice as fast as the built in USB 2.0 on my computer. However it is much slower than the USB 3.0 standard. This is not the cards fault, it is the limitation of the legacy PCI bus. This card provides enough power to power my external 2.5" laptop hard drives. You must connect an internal power source to PCI card. To achieve the best performance with this card, limit the amount of devices connected to it. Example - My keyboard, mouse, non USB 3 devices are running off my USB 2.0 ports. When I was running these off the USB 3.0 card it dropped transfer rates by 10MB/s!

Tested using a USB 3.0 to SATA adapter with 256GB SSD connected. Bart's Stuff Test v5.1.4

USB 2.0 (built-in USB on my computer for comparison)
33MB/s Read
29MB/s Write

USB 3.0 (Startech PCIUSB3S4)
83MB/s Read
58MB/s Write

USB 3.0 (Built-in to newer PC)
142MB/s Read
158MB/s Write

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Pros: None

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is the best wheel i have ever used. It makes games like need for speed underground come to life. Force feedback is great!

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Display Name: Terrell D.

Date Joined: 06/18/02

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 12/02/04
  • Last Review: 06/01/16
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